The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

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Robert A. Heinlein was the most influential science fiction writer of his era, an influence so large that, as Samuel R. Delany notes, "modern critics attempting to wrestle with that influence find themselves dealing with an object rather like the sky or an ocean." He won the Hugo Award for best novel four times, a record that still stands. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress was the last of these Hugo-winning novels, and it is widely considered his finest work.

It is a tale of revolution, of the rebellion of the former Lunar penal colony against the Lunar Authority that controls it from Earth. It is the tale of the disparate people--a computer technician, a vigorous young female agitator, and an elderly academic--who become the rebel movement's leaders. And it is the story of Mike, the supercomputer whose sentience is known only to this inner circle, and who for reasons of his own is committed to the revolution's ultimate success.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is one of the high points of modern science fiction, a novel bursting with politics, humanity, passion, innovative technical speculation, and a firm belief in the pursuit of human freedom.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is the winner of the 1967 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Publisher: New York :, Orb,, 1997.
Edition: First Orb edition.
ISBN: 9780312863555
Branch Call Number: SCF HEIN
Characteristics: 382 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Sep 06, 2017

One of the top two or three science fiction books ever written. May turn off younger modern readers as the writing is slower paced and somewhat archaic by modern standards. Requires the reader to think while reading, there is a lot in this book that carried over to literally hundreds of future sci-fi authors, congratulations to Heinlein one of the greats.

Feb 27, 2016

my favorite Heinlein novel. i read everything he wrote as i grew up in the sixties and i like his hard sf the best. he was a shrewd human observer at times and knew that historically political control is limited by time and distance - something to think about in our aging world-order.

Apr 29, 2012

This is more like a how to start a revolution with two guys, a hot girl, and an omniscient AI computer named Mike than a good story. Because of Mike, there wasn't any feeling of real tension risk. Plus, the weird Luna dialect the narrator had, which for some reason had a lot of Russian sprinkled all through it, made it hard to read.

unbalancedbutfair Apr 11, 2012

One of the best science fiction books I've read. Very very well done. Easily one of Heinlein's best works.

It is a little difficult to start as he invents an odd dialect of English for the main characters but it doesn't take long to adjust.

The book itself is an interesting mix of both the theoretical and the "practical" aspects of revolution and the ending is superb. Highly recommend for anyone who is interested in politics. Well worth reading even if you're not.


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Apr 29, 2012

"Oh, 'tanstaafl.' Means 'There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.' And isn't," I added, pointing to a FREE LUNCH sign across room, "or these drinks would cost half as much. Was reminding her that anything free costs twice as much in long run or turns out worthless."


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